Underwater Navigator

Navigation skills can help build confidence and prepare you for diving Kona's awesome shore dives.

You can learn these skills in the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty course at Jack’s Diving Locker with one of our knowledgeable Underwater instructors who will guide you in academic sessions and three open water dives from the boat or shore.  The benefits of underwater navigation skills may include making your dive plan more effective, putting you in control of your dive, save energy, reduce air consumption, or be a better dive buddy.  This specialty certification will count toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating – the highest rating in non-professional diving.  Rise to the challenge and head your diving in the right direction - sign up today!

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Navigation Specialty Course Details

  • Cost: 

    • Full Course:  $570 per student (min of 2)

    • Upgrade from PADI Advanced Diver:  $300 per student (min of 2)

    • Private courses available for an additional $300/day

    • PADI Navigation eLearning Course ($125), or PADI Navigation Manual (supplies limited)

  • Prerequisites:  Jr. Open Water Certification.  Minimum age – 12 yrs old.  Ages 10-11 with instructor approval. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate required for Navigation Specialty upgrade.

  • We Provide: Instruction, 1 shore dive and 2 boat dives, tanks, weights, light lunch and drinks on boat.

  • Students Provide: PADI eLearning or manual, log book, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel/fins, and underwater timing device (dive computer recommended).  Rental gear available.

  • Discounts: 10% off most regular priced merchandise. 10% off of future dives.

Navigation Specialty Course Schedule

  • Duration: Two days – Three dives, or just one boat day (2 dives) with Navigation Upgrade. The entire course can be done in one day, if time is limited. Please ask for custom schedule.

  • Preparation: 

    • OPTION 1:  Complete UW Navigation eLearning Course

    • OPTION 2:  Read the UW Navigation Manual and fill out Knowledge Reviews

  • Day 1 (8:00am – 3:00pm): Classroom: Academic session, practice with compass on land.  Shore: Underwater Navigation Dive One.  

  • Day 2 (8:00am – 4:00pm): Classroom: Academics and briefing by instructor.  Boat: Underwater Navigation Dives Two and Three.  Certifications issued upon successful completion of dives.

Things to Know:

  • Flying or Driving to Altitude After Diving:  If you complete the open water experience, it is recommended you wait at least 12 hours before flying or driving to altitude.  If you make more than one open water dive on the same day; or, dive over two or more days, wait 18 hours.

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Master Scuba Diver Rating

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest rating in non-professional recreational diving.  To achieve this rating you must complete the following certifications: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and 5 PADI Specialty courses.  In addition, divers must have at least 50 logged dives.  When completing these requirements at Jack’s Diving Locker, recipients will have their names engraved on a plaque that is displayed in our shop to honor this achievement.